4x Mesopotamian clay tablets
Lot 259*
Four Mesopotamian clay tablets 4
£2,000 - 3,000
US$ 3,400 - 5,000
Auction Details
Lot Details
Four Mesopotamian clay tablets
Circa 2200-2000 B.C.
The largest fragmentary tablet, Old Akkadian, an administrative text with thirty two lines of text on ones side and thirty on the obverse relating to the payment of wages to various named people, 4in x 3¼ (10cm x 8cm); a tablet, Old Akkadian, with nine lines of text, the obverse with three lines recording delivery of barley to named people, 2in x 1½ (5cm x 3.5cm); a small tablet, Old Akkadian regarding the delivery of one sheep and seven lambs, ¾in x ¾in (2cm x 2cm); and a Mesopotamian tablet, 3rd Dynasty of Ur, with nine lines of text regarding portions of barley for named people, the back uninscribed, 2in x 1½ (5cm x 4cm) (4)


  • Provenance:
    Collection of Reginald Berti Haselden (1881-1952), acquired in the first half of the 20th Century.

    Captain Haselden was curator of manuscripts at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, circa 1928-38 and 'pioneered the application of modern technology to the study of manuscripts': R.L. Easton Jr and W. Noel, 'Infinite Possibilities: Ten Years of Study of the Archimedes Palimpsest', Proceeding of the American Philological Society, vol. 154, no. 1, March 2010, p.53.
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